Sprained Ankle Specialist

American Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists located in Scottsdale, AZ & Sun City, AZ

Simply staying off your sprained ankle for a few days isn’t enough to strengthen your ankle and prevent future injury. With the help of the leading podiatry team at American Foot & Ankle Specialists, you can get comprehensive care for your sprained ankle in Scottsdale and Sun City, Arizona. Before your ankle pain and swelling worsen, schedule an evaluation to get started on your custom care plan. Schedule your visit either online or over the phone.

Sprained Ankle Q&A

What causes an ankle sprain?

Ankle sprains develop when you overstretch or tear the ligaments that connect the bones together that make up your ankle joint. As strong and durable as ligaments in your ankle may be, one move in the wrong direction and you can easily injure them. Common causes of a sprained ankle include:

  • Landing incorrectly while jumping or running
  • Missing a step on a flight of stairs
  • Twisting or turning with your feet planted
  • Taking a blow to the ankle

Once you have a sprained ankle, you’re more susceptible to repeating the injury again in the future, just because your ligaments are weaker. In some cases, though, men and women are simply born with weak ligaments, which makes them more vulnerable to sprains.

How do I know if my ankle is sprained?

The most telltale sign of a sprained ankle is severe, throbbing ankle pain. Depending on the severity of your sprain, pain can be mild, or can limit your ability to put even a small amount of weight on the injured ankle. Sprained ankle sufferers also commonly experience:

  • Swelling, tenderness, or bruising
  • Limited range of motion
  • Ankle instability

It’s even typical to notice a popping sound or sensation as soon as the injury occurs. Plus, sprained ankle symptoms often mimic fractures, so it’s always important to make an appointment at American Foot & Ankle Specialists if you have an ankle injury.

Do I need surgery for a sprained ankle?

Generally no, although it depends on your specific injury. The team at American Foot & Ankle Specialists first aim to treat your ankle and help it become stronger without surgery. Compression is important to minimize swelling, so your dedicated podiatrist is likely going to show you how to properly wrap your foot and ankle, and if needed, provide a walking cast.

Going through physical therapy where you perform strengthening exercises is essential after suffering from an ankle sprain. Not only can physical therapy help you recover, it also helps build up ankle muscle strength to provide support and minimize future injury. Soft tissue treatments, like cold laser or ultrasound, are also beneficial.

If conservative therapies aren’t providing relief, or if your sprained ankle injury is getting worse, your podiatrist might discuss surgery as the next option. Sprained ankle surgery involves repairing or reconstructing the damaged ligament.

Schedule your sprained ankle evaluation at American Foot & Ankle Specialists today with the online booking feature or call the location nearest you.